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PICO BOLIVAR - Sierra Nevada National Park

The Pico Bolívar offer us the challenge to experience the extremes of a welcoming landscape noticeable by its verticality, white glaciers, nude rocks, frailejones and lagoons. Dominating the national park Sierra Nevada, this mountain majestically stands with its 4.986 msnm; and represents the tallest summit of the Venezuelan Andes. It is surrounded by the highest mountains in our country, all protected within the limits of the national park. The varieties of ecosystems in this area are conditioned by the altitude.
Day 1:  Arrival to the city of Mérida. Ground transportation to Mucunután, where we will begin our ascent to Los Calderones valley. We will have dinner and spend the night at an authentic peasant house in the mountain.
Estimated trekking time: 4 hours.

Day 2: From Los Calderones valley, we will keep climbing to Loma Redonda cable car station, along the ancient path that links Mérida City with the mountain village of Los Nevados. We will set camp at Loma Redonda.
Estimated trekking time: 3 to 4 hours.

Day 3: Depart from Loma Redonda to climb Pico El Toro (4.762 msnm). Once we have reached the summit, we will return to Loma Redonda to spend the night.
Estimated trekking time: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 4: Begining at Loma Redonda, we will ascend along La Cresta del Gallo ridge to Pico Espejo (the highest of the cable car stations), where we will spend the night, preparing ourselves for the final climb to the top of Pico Bolívar. Estimated trekking time: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 5: This is the great Summit Day! We will spend the whole day climbing to the summit of Pico Bolívar and returning to our camp to have a well deserved rest. Estimated trekking time: 8 to 10 hours.

Day 6:  On this day we will pack and begin the descent. It will be a long but rewarding trek to the beautiful mountain village of Los Nevados to spend the night in a comfortable posada.
Estimated trekking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Day 7: Return to Merida City in 4x4 vehicles, where we will begin our trip back to Caracas or to any other destination.

Trip Grading: Extreme

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